Bendtner can handle pressure

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Nicklas Bendtner insists he has what it takes to lead the Sunderland attack after Asamoah Gyan left the Stadium of Light for the United Arab Emirates.

The Ghanian forward joined Al-Ain on Saturday on a season-long loan deal, to leave Steve Bruce both fuming and without his premier goalscorer.

Bendtner, however, now has the opportunity to prove to Bruce he made the right decision in bringing him to the club on the final day of the transfer window.

The 23-year-old has joined Sunderland for the remainder of the campaign and, although he did not find the net against Chelsea on Saturday, looked sharp and hungry.

And, says the Denmark international, he is ready to fill the void created by the exit of Gyan.

“I can cope fine with the pressure, I just hope I can deliver," explained Bendtner.

“I want to do my best each time I go out on the pitch and score the goals which is the main thing for any striker. We still have good players here despite Asamoah going.


“There’s always people breathing down your neck. But it’s a nice feeling when people are counting on you. It’s a massive season for me.

“I’ve not been reaching the ambitions I had with Arsenal because I was stuck on the bench. A lot of things happened that I wasn’t happy with. I’m not going to talk too much about it because it’s behind me now.

“I want to look to the future and going here on loan for a year is a good move for me.”

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